Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004

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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 84
Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see these offerings at the LCBO, certainly a nice treat.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet yeast ester notes, cloves and bananas, honey and a touch of leafy green hops.

T - Much like the nose with the sweet yeast esters and cloves, sweet alcohol adds a bit of heat, and the leafy green hops adding a touch of bitterness. Full flavoured tripel, but surprisingly drinkable.

M - Heavy on the carbonation, filling the mouth with big bubbled swigs, goes down a tad prickly but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A complex ale that will give your tastebuds a run for their money. Worth grabbing a bottle and I'll be grabbing a few more before they disappear from the shelves.

Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange colour with thick white head. As it dissipates, it leaves a nice ring on top and a layer of lacing all over the glass. Smells of pears and the Belgian yeast. Little bit of noticable hop bitterness in the flavour, with some of fruity sweetness. Complex flavour. Very smooth mouthfeel. This may be my favourite Canadian tripel.

As I keep working my way through beers from this brewery, I'm constantly impressed.

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 27, 2011

Beer is a very clear, light golden colour. A huge, frothy white head builds up during the port but begins to dissipate very quickly. Very little lacing.

Not to confuse senses, but the smell is very smooth and velvety. Honey, lemon, chamomile, banana, yeast and miscellanous light fruits. Reminiscent of Triple Karmeliet but not in the same league.

Taste has a lot of the same flavours. Light fruit, apple, banana, honey and a bit of peppery spice. A bit of an alcohol burn at the end. A slight malty flavour.

Pretty high carbonation level- a bit for much for me, some irritation. Medium to heavy body. Alcohol dries out the mouth a bit. Improves as the beer settles a bit.

Overall, a good tripel but not fantastic. I like this brewery a lot and was actually a little disappointed by this one, as it is one of my favourite styles. Still, cannot get down on it- definitely a good beer and one I would be happy to have often.

Photo of bobsy
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to zorprime for the bottle - I'm a huge fan of Belgian styles, so this is a good one for me to try - cheers Eric!

This tripel pours a slightly cloudy deep gold with a large foamy white head. The colour is bright, radiant and attractive, while the bone-white head leaves fingers of lace and never really goes away, thanks to steady streams of bubbles reaching up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is simply sublime. Really, its a huge fruit salad, with strong notes of ripe mango, pear, apple and tropical fruit. A slight soapiness adds to the mix in what is otherwise a very soft, fragrant, juicy and floral bouquet. If my wife started wearing this scent I wouldn't mind! It even improves as the beer warms, with honeydew melon joining the party.

After the spectacular stage set by the aroma, its hard for the flavour to keep up, but it performs gamely and reveals Dominus Vobsicum to be a very well-constructed tripel. Its not surprise that a tropical fruitiness dominates proceedings, and it provides a light sweetness throughout, before being cut short by a moderately bitter finish. A nice floral aftertaste lingers on the palate. I'm enjoying this and want to give the taste more than a 4 in this category, but is not a 4.5 either.

The carbonation reveals this beer's only flaw. Tripels are supposed to be highly carbonated, but the best still manage to feel soft and luxurious in the mouth. Dominus Vobiscum falls short of this, and its aggressive bubbles feel a touch too prickly. Its a distracting factor in what is otherwise a style-appropriate body. A slight warming betrays the ABV, but in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from the experience.

This is a great tripel, and a very enjoyable drinking experience. However, it is hurt by the prickly carbonation, and I wish they'd reined it in to complete an impressive all-round package. This is a good beer, though. Give her a swirl and you'll be okay - I was.

Photo of peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/blonde colour, one finger of dense white head, settles to a layer of white head on top that retains forever, some lace left behind. Smell is yeasty up front, lots of lemon and citrus, hoppy, green apple, sweet candy like notes, some banana, tropical fruit, very fruity. Taste is fruity and yeasty, green apple, citrus, lemon rind, bubble gum in finish, moderate hop profile, spices in aftertaste. High carbonation, med weight, med-full body. Nice and complex but very approachable, I really enjoyed this, had this at volo a couple years back and it blew me away, wasn't as impressed this time but it is still top notch and still love it.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this stuff is appealing all around. 500 ml squat brown bottle, classy font and the image on the label--a fiery twilight sky over a small port nestled in a valley--foreshadows what is to be found once these contents are poured out from this container. A ruddy golden in appearance capped by a massive creamy white head, a tripel just on the verge of sunset. An effervescence on the nose, light and soothing, mild aromas of golden bread, yeast, with faint hints of pepper, coriander and apricot. The taste impresses even more, not bold but very rounded and flavourful. Alcohol-laced bread up front, with a swatch of mild spice in the middle, which then rounds out with a light lemony citrus twist on the finish. Not at all overpowering for the alcohol content, in fact an applaudable show of craftsmanship to contain a profile that could otherwise get right out of control, to keep it succinct instead of going off in every direction. A well-contained balanced tripel. The mouthfeel is the converse of the aroma, it is thick and full and creamy, yet takes a light billowy texture on the finish, more akin to what the aroma first hinted at. Although I like a decent tripel every once in a while, it isn't a style I aggressively seek out on a regular basis. However this Dominus Vobiscum, if it ever were available locally, would easily become a mainstay in my fridge and in one of my chalices, I never thought I could ever consider a tripel as a session beer. One that would have to be reined in tightly so that things wouldn't end in tears the next day, but easily a Belgian that I could spend a very comfortable and pleasurable evening with. Many thanks and a humble bow to Goldorak for his fine taste in BIF-ing this to me. In my eyes Quebec still remains the cultural capital of Canada, and that goes double for the majority of their microbreweries as well.

Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one too. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled jan 29/09.

pours deep yellow with just a touch of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping fairly fast but leaving a solid sheet of lace.

aroma is nice. like the dubbel, there seems to be a touch of funk there along with the usual tripel character. bit of lemon. belgian yeasty spice. light caramel and unrefined sugar. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. touch of lemon and leather and barnyard funk.

taste is good. slightly soapy floral hop character. just a hint of sweetness, more unrefined sugar than caramel. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. bit of light belgian spice. touch of lemon. low bitterness level. touch of leather and green tobacco leaf. bit of citrus too.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body, not quite as dry as i'd expect. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. good stuff.

Photo of DaPan
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes on March 26, 2011. Thanks Michael for sharing. Bottle dated November 16, 2010.

Beer on lees, so we made sure to pour carefully to avoid disturbing the sediment. Poured crystal clear, yellow, with no head (likely due to careful pour). What foam did form disappeared quickly. Some lacing.

Aromas of apple, fruit and alcohol in the bouquet.

The taste was a bit harsh. Fruity and a bit bracing. Could do with some aging to take the edge off.

Mouthfeel was high carbonation, a little much for me and acidic.

This is a decent Canadian Triple, but still not quite in the same league as Fin du Monde. If I see some on my next Montreal visit, will grab some and age for 2 years or so and give it another go.

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled 2012/10/02.

Appearance: Pale gold, pretty clear with slight haze, nice voluminous white head that lasts super long with some lacing.

Smell: Pears, yeast brings out a flowery aroma, heady with hints of spices.

Taste: Mix of pears, bananas, citrus fruit, tail end has a bready feel with some mild spicing.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, nice & long feel.

Overall: I always enjoy Charlevoix's tripel, maybe more so than Unibroue's.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured VERY slowly and still the tower of head is almost uncontrollable and keeps replicating itself from the bottom up, extremely bubbly cloudy golden, the massive head is cool but a little annoying where you're itching to drink
S - smells of fruit syrup and clove-like spices, some grainy wheat malt, along with some leafy hops and light banana notes
T - strong classic belgian yeast notes of clove and banana, there is a syrupy sweetness mixed with a peppery spiciness for a good balance
M - very carbonated sting like champagne, refreshing and somewhat dry, finishing with a tingly mix of bubbles and spices
D - I decided to go big on my first of the Dominus series and was not disappointed, it has classic strong belgian flavours, the alcohol is there but not prominent, the only thing that was a bit much for me was the carbonation, but a very nice triple

Photo of SebD
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of banana, citrusy/tropical fruit, piney hops, some spices and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice tropical and citrusy fruit feel, piney hops in the back, banana, nice cloves and spices and some yeast

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Like the double, it needs to be poured patiently... Massive white head tops a rather clean, though 'decidedly' unfiltered brew.

S + T: A notable toasted scent, though I don't know if I connect it with barley, specifically. Rather, a toasted grain in general or just plain toast. Some fresh fruit peel, primarily like pear or modest apple. Flavour is similar with an alcohol note giving it a little heat. Some hints of honey squeeze in. Not bad.

M + D: Well carbonated, with a little sting on the way down. Medium body, a little slick, despite the fizz.

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at first it has a similar distinction of a particular yeast odor. lemon and hay. pollen and mild wheat. a complex yeast and grain structure that seems to be all to familiar but actually quite broad. some belgian sugars some straw in the nose. palate on the other hand was a triple with a significantly more savory finish of earth that induced hunger. herbal notes. coriander and anise. it is a perfect food combination. a wood bark note that was dry and crisp bittering. mild hints of apple pie and honey. and the crisp sugar crust.

must say as in formally this is fantastic and very textbook. and saying that with a triple is a lot in the context of quebec... or north america for that matter. i think i've had more intriguing beers by them but this by volume is the most impressive and on the money.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of a mixed four pack purchased for me in Drummondville, along with the Dubbel, Blonde and Blanche. Thanks Phil!

Poured into a taller tulip glass. Appearance is lovely, its hazy golden sheen catches the light brilliantly, and its head is thick, fluffy and displays remarkable retention. Loads of lacing patches grace the sides of the glass. light sediment flakes on the bottem, light carbonation bubbles sustain the head nicely. Spot on.

Nose is soft and pleasant - wheat malt, yeast, banana, pears, lemon and spice. As it warms, the banana becomes more prominent over the rest, a sweet, lightly fried banana scent.

While not nearly as dry as their provincial counterpart and perennial favorite La Fin du Monde, Charlevoix is nevertheless a lovely, flavorful tripel, sweet and yeasty, with nice pear, banana and citrus notes. A nice mild bitterness to clean things up at the finish. Remarkably smooth; alcohol is present, but only provides a warming sensation rather than a burn. Hard to believe that nearly a tenth of the glass is alcohol...

The only, and I mean ONLY fault I had with Charlevoix is the mouthfeel, which I thought was lacking in the carbonation department. For tripels, I want to feel the citrus and yeast notes explode on the tongue; Charlevoix felt a bit flatter than it should be and thus this didn't happen as well as it could. Still, a nice body and slightly creamy feel.

Since I love tripels so much, it's hard for me to knock them down. Fortunately, this won't be a problem with Charlevoix' version. Flavorful, attractive, insanely easy to drink, this is the kind of tripel I could drink all day long. I'd happily cite this brew as being among Canada's best. Their reputation is fully-deserved, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the rest of their offerings.

A professor of mine and fellow lover of beer has long maintained that finding quality Belgian beers doesn't require one to actually visit Belgium, because Quebec does them so well. With each passing day I agree with him all the more.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 8.99/16.9 oz (500 mL) bottle at vintage estates in Boardman. OH
Bottled Mar 17 2010 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of yeast phenolics.
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular layer between 2 – 8 mm thick. The second pour after the brew has warmed, is thickerand more lasting.
Lacing OK – islands and archipelagos of mostly small bubbles.
Body medium yellow, yeast haze.
Flavor begins with a spicy, slightly clovey, taste with a light bite. Yeast phenolics are evident, becoming more so as the beer warms up. The alcohol cannot be tasted but immediately begins a stomach burn. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

Another tripel which meets the style criteria. Not fantastic and not bad – average taste.

Photo of SFLpunk
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From Beverage Warehouse. 500mL brown glass squatty pry-top.
Bottled 2010 Mar 17.

Pours a hazy slightly orange yellow golden with lots of fluffy bone-white head with good retention. Aroma is immediately full of undermodified malts (creamed corn) and smokey Belgian yeast and a little orange/lemon zest.

Palate is sharp with some alcohol burn. Faint wheat-y and yeastiness. Fairly dry for the style, fluffy carbonation.

Notes: Lacking in flavor and class. A little clunky and brash.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Charlevoix glass.

A: pours a hazy gold with a high fluffy head that stays around for quite a while. When it breaks down, it leaves a small film and good lacing.

S: the smell is sweet and yeasty. There are floral and fruit tones present.

T: sweetish...fruits come through as does the yeast. It is a light and pleasant taste.

M: soft and creamy. Carbonation is there but not overpowering. It is a smooth beer.

O: a nice triple. Charlevoix does a nice job this beer. I appreciate the smooth and refreshing taste that comes through. This might be my go to summer beer.

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy, bright golden-yellow tone while yielding a foamy 2" head. very nice retention and some patchy lacing. nose offers a good dose of fruity sweetness with notes of yeast, spice, and a little malt. all the trappings of a good tripel.

taste is even better. fruit comes through (apple, maybe a little lemon zest), spice, yeast, and a touch of booze. very enjoyable. medium bodied mouthfeel with some zest carbonation.

overall, nothing otherworldly here but no question it's a very solid tripel, flavorful and tasty. highly recommended.

(originally reviewed: 08-30-2011)

Photo of elricorico
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes made on Jan 19, 2006. Pours an opaque orange brown colour. The appearance made me think of cider for whatever reason. Started with a bit of tan head, but the head didn't hold for too long.

The smell is spicy and tart, black pepper stood out to me. Appetizing, I frequently went back for another smell.

The taste is again quite tart. It is fairly dry throughout. The finish reminded me strongly of a lemon lime soda, like Sprite or SevenUp.

The mouthfeel was a touch lighter than I wanted, but still had some body to it. The carbonation was relatively low, and it was certainly drinkable.

I would love to have the opportunity to taste this beer again. I'd say it was one of the better triple's I've tasted. Thanks to orrshow for splitting this one with me.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep golden color with a fine good-laced white head that stays long, fed by much above average carbonation for a triple. The aroma is malty sweet of caramel and oranges. Very sweet triple with caramelic malt, big orange, apple, alcohol tones. Probably Charlevoix's yeastiest beer (in what I've had anyway). The finish is less interesting, tired hops provides a little wet paperboard bitter taste.
Since the 3 excellent Dominus Vobiscum have become more available recently, I'll make it a duty to go back and re-visit that one knowing that Charlevoix can do wonder with this style (8e jour)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Calgary and decided to pop it open tonight and consume. I'm very impressed by the white billowy head. I had to be careful with the pour to avoid having the beer crest the glass. Now 5 minutes after the pour, there is still a half finger of head lingering with streaky lacing.

Aromas of banana, mint, rock candy, nutmeg, and a hint of pine.

The smell gave a false preview as more flavors exist in the nose compared to the taste. The taste has melon, banana, and mint combining in mild harmony.

With an effervescent feel in the mouth, this 9% brew has a light feel on the tongue. Upon swallowing, my mouth feels wet with some spit clumping qualities.

I am very impressed by the appearance of this beer. Lacing and head doesn't get a whole lot better than this, especially considering it is from a bottle. This is a solid brew and is worth a try.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First I have to admit, I had no clue about this beer when I bought it. Just took it because the label was darn cool!

It turns out this beer is based on belgian style strong beer... Interesting. One of my favorite style in the belgian spectrum. However scary note, it is spicy. Uh Oh...

It turns out that this beer is very good and easy to drink. I like that strong feeling in the mouth.

The finish is dry and bitter. It is so nice. The alcohol hides well and this could be a dangerous beer. Definitely a good beer!

Photo of mrmanning
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Mike, much appreciated. HAzy orange liquid is hiding beneath an off white, frothy cap. Yeasty plums in the nose are very inspiring, and enjoyable. White grapes and apricots, along with some floral spicy notes are also in the air. Plums, grapes, spices and grapefruit all fill the mouth, and satisfy. Finish is warming, and semi-dry. A good tripel, reminding me that Canadian brewers are doing well in their attempt to copy a legendary belgian style. Thanks Mike!

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to papat444 for sending us this.

A: Pours exceptionally clear allowing you to view the cratered head from the bottom of the glass. Colour is a pale gold with massive bone white head with pillows of lacing along the sides and a steady stream of carbonation.

S: Tropical juicy fruit of ripe ripe bananas, star fruit, pear, apple and lychee. Mid notes of buttery pastry and finishes with hints of cloves, soapyness and minerals.

T: Pronounced yeasty bread notes which were not apparent on the scent, together with sweet ripe bananas, citrus peel and minerals.

M: Syrupy and thick with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Outstanding.

O: This is another excellent brew from Microbrasserie Charlevoix with excellent elements from the initial pour to the finish. Definitely worth seeking. Thanks again to papat444 for providing us with it.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking squat bottle with a Maudite-like design. And the beer's pretty too. Not the standard triple in appearance -- the color ranges from dark orange to a kind of muddy brown once the yeast is poured, with a thinnish head but good lace. Lots of carbonation in this thing. It almost fizzed all over my table even after being stored in the fridge for weeks.
Standard spicy nose with hints of apricot. But as my buddy Eyechartbrew points out, it's in the flavor that this beer really distinguishes itself. There's a nice earthy farmhouse flavor that undergirds the standard fruity/spicy flavors and gives this beer some real character. It also serves to prevent it from becoming cloying as it finishes -- a problem I have with many an inferior triple.
All in all, quite a nice beer from a region of the world that doesn't have nearly the reputation for beer craftsmanship that it should.

Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.